The address FB.com will become the site of Facebook employee email addresses, and everyone else who signs up for the service will score an address of @facebook instead of @fb.com.
No worries: In practice that only means typing six additional characters the first time you connect with an individual who has an @facebook.com address — is there a single email package left that doesn’t autofill contact information you’ve inputted once?
Facebook’s ownership FB.com went from hidden to publicly disclosed after we broke the story and other outlets started picking up on that. This happened Friday.
MarkMonitor acquired the domain for Facebook from the American Farm Bureau. Said organization uses the domain name FB.org but retains the trademark FB. The terms of the deal requires Facebook to refrain from selling farm subsidies. (I’m sorry but I just can’t picture a social network selling anything other than ads and virtual goods…)
I think Facebook employees deserve to have cool email addresses that make it very clear which company is giving them the bacon. But giving the shorter address to employees and the longer one to us plebeians reverses the logic that I’ve seen at some other web companies. Yahoo staff have @yahooinc.com addresses and average folks get @yahoo.com. Work at Google and you get @Google.com email, while outsiders sign up for @gmail.com.
And the fact that we plebeians who don’t work there get longer email addresses didn’t stop me for signing up to request an invite for a @facebook.com address the second I got the URL.
Does the difference between an address of @facebook.com and @fb.com influence whether or not you want to sign up for an invitation to beta test Facebook’s messaging service?